• 2013,  Christmas,  Family,  Holidays,  LoveBugs

    Musings: Shhhh…

    Don’t tell anyone, I have all my shopping done!! Can’t it be, that I was able to actually enjoy the weekend before Christmas, without the worry of finishing up shopping? Okay, slight lie – I got the last few presents on Sunday and then am waiting for a few to come in the mail. BUT, I considered that done! Especially, since the last few years, I wait to finish on Christmas Eve. I’m one of those weirdo’s that enjoys wrapping (anything, really) presents, so that is fun to me! Since I’m such a novice at this blogging thing and work life was pretty busy at the end of the week,…

  • 2013,  California,  California International Marathon,  Fitness,  Running,  Sacramento

    Race Recap: California International Marathon

    I am a Marathoner! This has been a long time coming, so please bear with me as this recap will most likely be a mini novela! Earliest wake-up call known to man!  So I knew I had to be at the Parentals by 4:45AM to make it to the bus by 5:15AM. It was imperative that I get my breakfast on and have time to make sure I had all my gear, nutrition, and hydration in place. So, bright and freakin’ early I was up. AM, yeah that’s right! As I have been doing for the last four months, I wake up with enough time to eat breakfast and poop (TMI, but…

  • 2013,  Blue Diamond Growers,  California International Marathon,  Christmas,  Fitness,  Running,  Work

    Busiest Week Possible, No Biggie…

    How dare a marathon get in the way of the busiest week of the entire year. Isn’t it Murphy’s law, that anything that can happen, will. Well, that is exactly how the week leading up to my FIRST marathon was turning out to me. So, knowing that I always get to host our December Girls Night, I make it a point to have my decorations up and a tree looking gorgeous the weekend after Thanksgiving. This along with my running schedule, made it more stressful this year, but I was not letting my girls down. It’s not that I have a huge amount of decorations, but on top of decorating,…

  • 2013,  Family,  Food,  Musings,  Veggie Week

    Musings: Veggie Week

    Once a month, for an entire week, I eat vegetarian. By vegetarian, let me clarify, I do not eat anything with a face. Yes, this includes, beef, pork, chicken, and all seafood. Eggs are okay! Yes, might seem like a silly way to describe it, but it literally works like a charm. When people first hear about my “veggie week” they immediately ask what I eat. That statement is usually followed by a chuckle and then a “you’re crazy!” How it began – Papa Bear had open heart surgery in Feb 2007. This literally scared the living crap out of me. I was an emotional mess, even though Sacramento has…

  • 2013,  California,  California International Marathon,  Health,  Running,  Sacramento

    Get Your CIM On!

    Oh hey, by the way – I’m running my first marathon! I don’t know when or how I decided 30 was a year I would run the infamous runner’s holy grail…the “marathon”. Granted, know that I am aware of Ultra’s, this really isn’t the holy grail. But for the average runner, the non-deranged that is, this is as good as it gets. Apparently, 30 is a big deal, so why not commit to something BIG during my celebratory year? I could have swore that I already posted this to the blog, but I guess I was incorrect. Many, many months ago, I signed up for the 2013 California International Marathon. I signed…

  • 2013,  Musings

    Musings: Répondez s’il vous plaît

    Répondez s’il vous plaît.  – I have absolutely no idea how to say this, well that’s kind of a lie. I kinda know how to say it, but it wouldn’t come out correctly. I’m starting to think that they should teach an Emily Post class in high school and every student should be required to take this class. To be courteous is taken for granted these days. To be polite seems like it is beyond some people. As someone who loves to plan parties, I take this seriously. If I am offering my home to you, spending money for your enjoyment, the least you can do is RSVP to my…

  • 2013,  Musings,  Running

    Musings: #prayforboston

    I’m so pissed! Partly as a runner and partly because there is NOTHING I can do. All I can do is pray for those who were affected by this tragedy, cheer for those who accomplished Heartbreak Hill and remain positive. As a person who dabbles in running, I am pissed. I have yet to run my first marathon, however, slated for December, but I’ve trained for a half marathon and I have friends and family who are marathon runners. To know the struggle and triumph of securing a spot in Boston is a great feat and to know there are people out there who would commit such senseless acts ignites…

  • 2013,  California,  Knickerbocker Canyon Trail Half Marathon,  Race Recap,  Running,  Shamrockin' Half Marathon

    Race Recap: 2 for 1

    PR. Something that I’m always hoping for, but never sure if it’s within reach… I always say I hate running, only to have my Mom ask, then why do you do it? To which, I have no answer, Mom. I must not hate it, although I dreaded every Speed Tuesday, Tempo Thursday, and Long Run Saturday. That has pretty much been my life the last 3, maybe 3.5 months . Thanks to my homie, Chris Malenab…go peep his cool blog: www.marathonliving.com, I had a new training schedule. The last time I attempted the Shamrockin’ Half Marathon I overtrained and had jumpers knee severely, two weeks out. For those last two…

  • 2013

    Peace Out 20’s

    In slightly less than three weeks, this girl will be saying adios to her 20’s and a BIG fat Hello to my 30’s. I’m don’t have any anxiety…I’ve always loved celebrating ME, aka my birthday! It’s fun to plan a party for myself, what can I say…I kinda like Me 😉 I did find an awesome article on what its like to be 20-something, using some of the best shows/movies around! If you don’t laugh or relate, then I don’t think we were meant to be friends! Bring it on dirrrty 30…I’m ready!

  • 2013,  Running

    Runner(ish)

    How does one know when it is appropriate to deem themselves a runner? 90% of the time I’m just putting one foot in front of the other, panting, and hoping its almost over. I’m sure “runners” do not have this mentality. I do plenty of 5k’s and 10k’s, and dabble in half-ers…and have done so for many years. But in NO WAY would I consider myself a runner. The sheer joy you see in some people’s faces while running grosses me out. I’m motivated by the physicality of it more than anything. By no means do I have a runners physique, nor do I think I was ever meant too…so…